P.F. Chang's readies grill menu, mini desserts

P.F. Chang's readies grill menu, mini desserts

SCOTTSDALE Ariz. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. is rolling out a new grill menu and mini desserts to its 172-unit namesake chain this month.

The company said it has been testing the grill menu during the past year.

“The Chinese cooking tradition is possibly the oldest and richest in the world and like all cultures, the Chinese learned to cook first on an open flame,” said Laura Cherry, director of public relations for the chain. “Today, Chinese grilling is often associated with street food where vendors serve grilled breads, meat, fish, fruit, etc. We traveled to China to discover the secrets of Chinese grilling and brought them back to P.F. Chang’s.”

The grill menu includes Chang's Sichuan Chicken Flatbread, $7, which is Cherry described as an updated Chinese scallion pancake served with sliced Sichuan-marinated Chicken and melted cheese along with a side of citrus-mustard slaw and a tangy dipping sauce.

“We’ve updated the classic Chinese scallion pancake and serve it grilled with sliced Sichuan-marinated chicken, layered with melted cheese and a side of creamy citrus mustard slaw and a tangy dipping sauce,” Cherry explained.

The Lemongrass Prawns with Garlic Noodles, $16, features grilled prawns brushed with herb-infused lemongrass butter.

The Citrus Soy Wild Salmon, $17, is made with line-caught Alaskan salmon seasoned with lemon-wasabi oil and served with citrus soy sauce and steamed rice.

The Asian Marinated New York Strip, $20, consists of a grilled, sliced 12-ounce New York strip steak served with sesame-soy sauce on a bed of grilled bok choy.

Cherry said P.F. Chang's would continue to expand the grill menu.

“We are currently developing new recipes that will be added to the grill menu as we move forward,” she said.

Cherry said P.F. Chang’s also is introducing eight mini desserts: Great Wall of Chocolate, Tiramisu, S’mores, Tres Leche Lemon Dream, Banana Split, Strawberry Cheesecake, Carrot Cake and Apple Pie.  Each is $2.

“The best part is you never have to feel guilty about eating dessert — our guests like to finish the meal with something indulgent, but often a full-size dessert is too much,” Cherry said. “The Minis give our guests the option to indulge in something sweet that isn’t overwhelming.”